After another successful race in Rome, TECHEETAH Formula-E heads to France and the Paris E-Prix for Jean-Éric Vergne’s home race.
The 1.9km 14-turn Paris E-Prix track, Circuit Les Invalides, is the second shortest track of the Season Four ABB FIA Formula E calendar, coming in just 20m longer than the Hong Kong E-Prix track. The Circuit Les Invalides track sports the longest pitlane of the season.
The track wraps around the famous Les Invalides complex in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Like previous years, the championship will lay out temporary tarmac to protect the cobblestones of the historic streets.
“It’s great to have had a solid start of the European leg of the season with André on the podium and Jean-Éric in fifth place at the Rome E-Prix. Jean-Éric scored another 10 valuable points for his championship contention and André re-joined the top 10 list in the drivers’ ranking.
“Rome saw TECHEETAH have another impressive points haul to increase our championship lead with 34 points. It may sound like a lot, but in the close competition that is the Formula E championship, it’s a very small margin that we hope to extend in Paris.
“We had good pace in Paris last year and we were in the mix for the victory when Jean-Éric’s suspension failed. It’s quite likely that we would have won that race, which would have been the first victory for TECHEETAH, so it was heart breaking E-Prix for the whole team last year. The suspension was later changed for the whole paddock so it’s still a bit of a sore spot to be honest, but it also makes us even more keen to have a good result this time around,” said Mark Preston, Team Principal.
“We’ve had a good week in the sim with the engineering team and I feel ready to take on the streets of Paris. Having grown up in Paris, this race is extra special for me. I’m really looking forward to racing now and to meet all the French fans that have been an incredible support so far this season.
“This year we are arranging a special charity karting event alongside Billy Monger with the support of the newly formed FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission on Wednesday with a lot of the Formula E drivers attending. Billy tragically lost his legs in an accident last year but is already back racing in a modified car and was even on the podium in his return race. He’s a true inspiration and has shown us all that you can make the
“The funds raised will be donated to the charity Spinal Track, which gives disabled drivers an avenue back into racing,” added Jean-Éric Vergne.
Full details of the charity karting event can be found here.
“The Rome E-Prix was great, and it felt really good to be back on the podium and to score more points. Each race is a sprint, but the championship is a marathon where every single point counts and the goal is to score as many as possible for the rest of the season. Motorsport is very much a team sport, even if we’re individuals driving the cars, it’s thanks to our teamwork that we are where we are in the championship.
“Even though I feel much more comfortable now than I did in the beginning of the season, there’s still a lot more to learn. There’s so much going on, every race weekend is invaluable in terms of getting actual race experience.
“The Paris E-Prix looks great and it will be fun to drive. As it’s quite a short and narrow track there will be limited overtaking opportunities so qualifying well in Paris will be key. Nevertheless, it looks like it will be 49 laps of thrilling action,” concluded André Lotterer.